Padres 5, Braves 3(13)

Petco Park was messing with both teams until Ryan Ludwick

squared up just enough to drive a ball through the cool spring air

and into the first row in left-center field.

Ludwick’s second homer of the night, a 2-run shot with one out

in the 13th inning, lifted the San Diego Padres to a 5-3 win

against the Atlanta Braves on Monday night.

”In most parks that’s 20 rows deep,” said Ludwick, who was

hitting just .184 coming in. ”This park plays crazy at night. When

I hit it, I didn’t honestly know if it would get out. I’m just glad

to win. Early this year we’ve had some tough losses, and hopefully

this turns it around.”

The Padres were coming off a four-game sweep at the hands of the

Philadelphia Phillies in which they scored just three runs.

”Hopefully it creates momentum but we have to come out tomorrow

again and play as consistent a game as we did today,” manager Bud

Black said.

Ludwick’s winning shot, his fourth of the year, came on an 0-1

pitch from Cristhian Martinez (0-2). Left fielder Martin Prado

jumped for it, but it reached the seats. It was the fourth

game-winning homer of Ludwick’s career.

Nick Hundley, who tied the game with an RBI double in the

seventh, was aboard on a one-out walk.

Cory Luebke (1-1) pitched two innings.

Chipper Jones hit his 500th career double leading off the 12th

and was replaced by pinch-runner Brandon Hicks. Brian McCann hit a

dribbler back to Luebke, who threw out Hicks trying to take third.

Dan Uggla singled to put runners on first and second before Freddie

Freeman and Alex Gonzalez struck out.

”We didn’t have a lot of hits but we were efficient,” Jones

said. We still had some chances late, but they didn’t go our way.

We had some plays that went against us. But you have to give them

credit.”

Going into that inning, the Padres had retired 19 of 20 batters

since Braves starter Derek Lowe hit an RBI single with two outs in

the fifth.

Atlanta’s Nate McLouth singled leading off the 13th. Once again

the Padres erased the lead runner when Luebke fielded Martinez’s

bunt and forced McLouth at second. Right fielder Chris Denorfia

made a spectacular, diving, rolling catch of Martin Prado’s fly

ball, then got up and doubled Martinez off first to end the

inning.

”We had a couple of chances,” Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez

said. It’s hard to score runs from them.”

Hundley hit an RBI double off former Padres reliever Scott

Linebrink with two outs in the seventh to tie the game at 3. It

brought in Cameron Maybin, who opened the inning by walking off

Eric O’Flaherty.

Atlanta’s Jason Heyward homered on Dustin Moseley’s fifth pitch

of the game, an opposite-field solo shot to left with one out in

the first.

The Padres hadn’t scored a run in Moseley’s previous four starts

while he was in the game. They finally snapped that streak when

Will Venable’s tying groundout brought in Orlando Hudson, who hit a

leadoff single and advanced on Brad Hawpe’s double to left.

Ludwick then gave the Padres a 2-1 lead when he homered to left

with two outs in the third, his third.

Atlanta came back in the fifth for a 3-2 lead. Freeman doubled

down the right-field line with one out and scored on Gonzalez’s

single up the middle. With two outs, Lowe singled up the middle to

bring in Gonzalez.

Lowe allowed two runs and five hits in six innings, struck out

eight and walked three. In his last start, he went only three

innings in a 6-1 loss at Los Angeles, allowing five earned runs on

nine hits.

Moseley allowed three runs and four hits in six innings, struck

out two and walked none. His ERA rose from 1.40 to 1.99.

NOTES: Sidearmer Cory Gearrin made his major league debut by

pitching two perfect innings for the Braves. He was recalled Friday

from Triple-A Gwinnett. … The Padres recalled RH reliever Evan

Scribner from Triple-A Tucson and optioned LH Wade LeBlanc to the

same Tucson club. … LeBlanc was recalled from Tucson on Sunday to

start against Philadelphia. He took the loss.